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“Wit” opening May 5 at the Loft

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Reverend Wendy Abrahamson will be debuting her first play as a director with her staging of “Wit,” at the Loft Theatre in the Grinnell Area Arts Council. Based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson of the same name, “Wit” will be performed on May 5-6 and 12-13 at…

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Whitney, Alex Cameron and Frankie Cosmos; final concerts this semester

By Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Grinnell Concerts is ending the year with two of the most highly anticipated shows.  This Saturday, Alex Cameron and Whitney play Gardner Lounge at 9 p.m. while Frankie Cosmos plays Gardner next Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Although Chicago-based band Whitney is relatively new, they’ve achieved a shocking amount of…

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Something Gross: Gross has never been so good

By Megan Tcheng tchengme@grinnell.edu If you are a fan of offbeat humor, sharp-wit and pure creative genius, “Something Gross,” a collaborative web series created by the Grinnell-based Wake Me Up When I Care Productions team, should immediately make its way to the top of your watch list. Conceptualized by Nora Coghlan, Melissa Fandos, Teresa Fleming…

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Career Spotlight: Milton Severe ’89

By Zane Silk silkzane@grinnell.edu Walking into the Faulconer Gallery, it’s easy to get lost in the magic of the art. However, you likely would never think to ponder the design of the exhibition – the placement of the artwork, the division of the gallery space, the choices of lighting. In a way, the invisibility of…

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Queer poet Kit Yan performs in Harris Wednesday

By Candace Mettle fregerha17@grinnell.edu On Wednesday night, the Asian-American Association (AAA) kicked off Asian-Pacific Heritage Month by hosting slam poet Kit Yan. Yan performed his “Queer Heartache” show, which covered topics on his identity as a trans man of color, sexuality, family and of course, love. Queer Heartache has been on the road for over…

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New arts center to open downtown

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu This Friday, April 28, marks a moment of transition for the Grinnell Area Arts Council, as they look towards their new expansion into the Stew Art Studios, a section of the storefront across from the current Stewart Arts Center. The building will serve as workspaces for local artists and community makers….

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Vietnam war photographer Robert Hodierne ’69 visits campus to discuss Faulconer photo series

By Steve Yang yangstev17@grinnell.edu Upon entering Faulconer Gallery on Thursday afternoon for a talk delivered by Robert Hodierne ’69 titled, “Young and Hungry: A Freelance Photographer in Vietnam,” a soundtrack with deep personal meaning to Hodierne could be heard playing in the background. For Hodierne, who doesn’t consider himself a journalist first and foremost, all…

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Elephant’s Graveyard promises poignant performance

By Teresa Fleming flemingt17@grinnell.edu In 1916, the citizens of the small town of Erwin, Tennessee hung a circus elephant from an industrial crane until it was dead. This weekend’s production of “Elephant’s Graveyard” adapts this true story, situating it at the nexus of social, political and technological shifts that came together in an act of…

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Kendrick Lamar releases fourth studio album, DAMN.

By Halley Freger fregerha17@grinnell.edu Last Friday, Kendrick Lamar released his fourth studio album “DAMN.” to overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim. Lamar began making music as a teenager under the name K-Dot, exemplifying the beauty of the internet rap era where people independently release music and build communities around it online. Since then, he’s grown into a…

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Tit Head film festival sparks debate about objectification

Candace Mettle mettleca@grinnell.edu Each Spring, students gather in the Harris Center for Grinnell’s own student film festival, Titular Head. And while the event has been a time-honored tradition, this year, several students are starting to question the festival’s ethics. As the April 29 date of the event draws near, Halley Freger ’17 and Hanky Song…